This bed was one of those pieces that was upstairs in the house for many years. When they started having fall craft shows my Uncle Bill took pictures of the house and sent them to be printed in articles in the local papers. This picture appeared in the Fort Madison paper at that time.
They bought a lot of antiques at auctions, and they also sold some. The bed was sold sometime after they stopped having the annual open house. My sister found it for sale at an antique store in Macomb and instantly recognized it. She bought it and used it in her own house. It followed her through a few moves and fifteen years later she returned it for our open house on memorial day. It is in the same spot upstairs that it was all those years. I still find it amazing that she just happened to run across it, but am so glad that it has returned home.